The Academic Freedom Podcast #4 with David French
This episode of the podcast features my conversation with David French, the former president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and current senior editor at The Dispatch. We talk about his experience in the trenches defending free speech on college campuses, the growing hostility to liberal values in some segments of the American right, and recent legislative efforts to ban “divisive concepts” and “critical race theory” in American schools, including state universities.
From the podcast, on the difference between students and professors in free speech controversies:
We had a lot of professor inquiries, but very few professors willing to sort of make a public stand. So the students were much more willing to sort of like saddle up and go to battle against their university. And the professors were much less willing. There were there was more than one instance where I would talk to a professor who’d be in there and they would have tenure. But they would be in their office and they would be talking to
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